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Discuss the Approach Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Took to Protest!

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In this essay, I will be discussing Martin Luther King and Malcolm X’s methods of protest. I will also talk about which one I agree with and why. Lastly, I will discuss what I would protest for and how.
Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X were two people who wanted the same thing for African–Americans when segregation against black people was a horrendous and disgusting outrage. They were civil rights activists who wanted African-Americans to have freedom, but they had different ideas as to how the goal should be achieved and went about it in completely different ways.

Martin was a well educated pacifist. Martin wrote in his auto-biography that he first experienced discrimination when his neighbours who were white stopped him from playing with their sons who he had already been playing with for years. A few years later, Martin and his father were asked to move to the back of a shoe shop simply because of the colour of their skin. King’s father handled the situation with dignity and they left the shop without buying anything. Martin seeing his father act in such a respectful and peaceful way may have influenced how he acted when older.
Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to put an end to separation by integration. “I have a dream that …little black boys and girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and girls as brothers and sisters.” He chose to achieve this by peaceful protest as he was a pastor who believed in loving those who hate you. I would say that his faith definitely affected the way in which he chose to protest because the bible says in Romans 12: 17 “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.”
Martin said, “If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, ‘There lived a great people—a black...


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